Linux computer company Juno Computers launched its first tablet last year. Now the company is back with a new model that has a bigger display, 50% more storage, and a few other improvements, including a detachable keyboard that’s now included with the price.

The new Juno Tab 2 is up for pre-order for $525 and up, and the new tablet has an 11 inch display, 12GB of RAM, and support for several different GNU/Linux distributions. But it has the same Intel Celeron N5100 quad-core “Jasper Lake” processor as the original Juno Tablet (which is no longer in stock).

That’s probably a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it’d be nice to see a more powerful chip based on Intel’s newer Alder Lake-N architecture. On the other hand, it means that any software that was compatible with the first-gen Juno Tablet should work with the new Juno Tab 2.

In fact, while last year’s model shipped with a choice of Mobian Phosh or Manjaro Plasma Mobile software, the new model also adds support for Ubuntu and an experimental build of Debian Plasma Mobile.

The Juno Tab 2 features an 11 inch, 2160 x 1440 pixel display (up from the 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel screen on the original), and 12GB of LPDDR4-3200 memory (up from 8GB of LDPDR4-2933).

Memory is still soldered to the mainboard though, so it’s not user upgradeable. And while the original Juno Tablet shipped with at least 256GB of solid state storage, the new model starts at 128GB.

Other features include an Intel AC7265 wireless card with support for WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2, stereo 1W speakers, and a plastic chassis that measures 249 x 175 x 10mm. The tablet weighs 1.41 pounds, or about 640 grams.

Ports include:

  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (w/charging & video support
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (w/o charging or data)
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio
  • 1 x DC power input

The tablet has a 22.8 Wh battery that Juno says should provide around 5 hours of run time, on average, but only about 20 hours of suspend time. It’s described as needing better kernel optimization.

All of which is to say, that like most tablets available that ship with Linux-based software (I’m not counting Android or Chrome OS tablets here), this is probably a device aimed at enthusiasts and developers rather than the general public.

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  1. Looked over their 8 minute demo video (from link in the article). I quite like this. The person doing the demo was very honest about the device.

    The biggest issue seems to be the speed at which things load. This may be a combination of a couple of core bottlenecks: storage read/write and cpu.

    Sometimes I could tell (from the demo) that it took more than a single tap for the system to recognize the input. Maybe it did recognize it and it was just the system slowness that made it appear this way.

    I kept asking myself if I could work on a slow system like this. I would love a Linux tablet!! If the storage speed (read speeds) were faster and cpu bumped up – I would definitely buy. ~$500-$600 for a well performing (highly compatible) Linux tablet isn’t a bad price.

  2. “this is probably a device aimed at enthusiasts and developers rather than the general public.”. That describes ALL linux. I have power problems (and more) running ubuntu lts on my Dell. I have yet to find a linux that is ready for the general public.

    1. That describes ALL linux.

      This is what’s called anecdotal. I’m sorry for your personal struggles.

      I’ve been running Linux under various laptops for years. No issues whatsoever.

      Was a previous Windows user (and I check in from time to time). I can’t imagine how that OS is being used by the general public – with all the data-mining, surveillance, and tons (upon tons) of built-in annoyances. It’s nightmarish (to me).

      In contrast, Linux (Mint in particular) has been a joy to use.

      We each have different experiences.

    1. I don’t think so considering it is has 12GB of RAM. RAM usage of browsers alone make it so tablets with 4GB really won’t be usable for much longer (marginally not usable now in my opinion), and finding any Linux-first tablet is hard to do.